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Mobile phones for learning

Next week I will be in South Africa. This is already my third trip this year to there. This time I have great expectations for the trip. With partners from SA, Indian, Brazil, US and Finland we are planning a new project called MobiLed – Mobile phones in informal and formal learning in developing countries. […]

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Designing learning technology

A few days ago a wise friend and an ex colleague of mine handed me an article on activity-centered design by Donald Norman. It is something everyone who ever have designed (or is planning to) anything, from a door handle to online learning platform, should read it through. Norman writes: “The historical record contains numerous […]

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Spread of CC: spread of Open Source?

Lawrence Lessig has a map of the spread of Creative Commons based on projects launched. If I compare the map of the map of Open Source adoption density in my head, it looks pretty similar. I wonder if it’s a trend that those countries which have been quick to adopt Open Source, also adopt the […]

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High-quality education: empowering learning in face-to-face situations

In David Wiley’s blog there is lively discussion about education as empowering and helping people. To be honest I feel a little unarmed to continue this discussion (see the comment by Jim Ellsworth). 🙂 So, I rather try to reflect the issue through an example from the Finnish education policy discussion. Finally I’ll try to […]

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Report: State of FLOSS and Future Opportunities

Last month I finished the first draft of a report based on the work I did previously on the Comenius Contact Seminar project. I thought there was still some valuable issues to look for in the interviews we did so here is a paper looking at them once again. As an exercise for myself, I […]

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Subjects, objects and outcomes of (e-)learning activity system

In his post “Thoughts on this and that” Graham Attwell quoted Jyri Engeström’s post about “ Why some social network services work and others don’t — Or: the case for object-centered sociality”: “the term ‘social networking’ makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people……social networks consist of people […]

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Business models and FLOSS in education

In last several weeks I have been traveling heavily. In number of conference presentations, meetings and private discussion many brilliant people have presented many interesting ideas. I’ll sum-up here some of them. Many of the thoughts are in a way or another related to the question how are the business models of using free and […]

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Graham Attwell at ITK’05, Finland

I had the pleasure to meet Graham Attwell from KnowNet here in Finland. He had in mind to contact me that he is coming to Finland but forgot about it. By accident, we ended up giving a presentation at the same workshop on 20th April at the ITK conference (Interactive Technology in Education (ITK) -conference […]

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How Flickr could become the largest learning material repository in the world?

I wrote two weeks ago an article about the Creative Commons and learning materials to the edu.fi – website. Edu.fi is an educational portal published by the National Board of Education, Finland. At the moment the article is only in Finnish but they have some plans to translate it to Swedish. The same story will […]

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Fle3 1.5 is here – and you are the first to know about it

We just released a new version of Fle3 software – a web-based software for collaborative learning, knowledge building and jamming. Our main developer Tarmo Toikkanen just sent me a note that the new package is now online in Fle3 project’s website for downloading. Tarmo also asked me to announce the release in our project’s mailing […]